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Code of Conduct

EDGEMEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL

LEARNERS’ CODE OF CONDUCT

1    Preamble

1.1    The school recognizes the need and right of learners, teachers and all other school personnel to live, work and play in an orderly, safe and stimulating educational environment; as well as the responsibility of all in the school to work towards attaining and maintaining this ideal.
1.2    Integral to this Code of Conduct are the provisions of the Constitution, the SA Schools Act and other Laws, and the School’s Codes of Behaviour, incorporating or including the School Rules.
1.3    The Code of Conduct and School Rules apply to all school-related and school-sponsored activities, including sport, cultural and recreational activities; also tours, trips, dances, functions and meetings, and on transport to or from school, or to or from school activities.
1.4    They also apply in public, off the school premises and/or outside of school hours, if the learner can be identified as a member of the School.
1.5    Any criminal action by a learner, whether at school or not, will be regarded as a breach of this Code of Conduct, and the school will be entitled to take action against, and impose punishments on, a learner found guilty of any criminal act.
1.6    It is not possible to list the behaviour required of learners in every circumstance. However, it is required of all learners to act, dress and behave sensibly, decently and in accordance with the codes of behaviour generally accepted in the community served by the school.  This is so, even if such actions or behaviour are not specifically either required or barred in terms of the other sections of this code.

2    General Conduct

2.1    A learner is expected to treat all people with whom he has contact, with respect and dignity.
2.2    No learner may perform a criminal act.
2.3    No learner may be in possession of, or use, any of the following: drugs, chemical substances, tobacco, alcohol, alcoholic drinks, weapons or other objects which could cause harm or injury: pornographic or otherwise objectionable objects, reading matter, pictures, videos or other material: nor may he pass them on, give them to, sell them, buy them or keep them for, any other person. Random searches, seizures and drug testing may be used to uncover such misdemeanours, but they must be carried out by the principal or his/her delegate.
2.4    The use of slovenly, uncouth, foul, blasphemous, sexist or racist language is not permitted.
2.5    Lying, cheating, stealing, copying or dishonesty in any form are not permitted.

3    Conduct towards  others

3.1    A learner may not hurt, harm or endanger any other person.
3.2    Anything belonging to another person, body or organization, including this and other schools, may not be damaged, defaced, spoiled, polluted, used, taken, stolen or borrowed without the express permission of the owner.
3.3    Indiscreet sexual behaviour, teasing, bullying, emotional abuse, racist or sexist signals, comments, remarks or actions, or any form of initiation, are not acceptable.

4    Conduct towards the school

Every learner is expected to:
4.1    Attend school regularly and punctually.
4.2    Work to the best of his ability.
4.3    Behave in a way that does not disrupt learning or the functioning of the school or any activity in it.
4.4    Carry out lawful and reasonable instructions given by anyone in authority.
4.5    Behave, dress and attend to his personal grooming in such a way that the good name of neither the school nor learner is brought into disrepute.
4.6    Participate in the extra-curricular activities which give the school its special nature, as and when required to do so in terms of the rules and regulations of the school, as made known from time to time.

5    Conduct regarding school rules

A learner may not break, ignore or disobey any of the school rules as drawn up and publicized by the principal or other competent authority, and amended from time to time as circumstances require.

6    Categories of offences

6.1    Breaking of measures listed under General Conduct and/or Conduct Towards Others, is regarded as a Category 1 offence.  Category 1 offences may be dealt with by the school, or they may be referred to the SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY for resolution.
6.2    Repeated breaking of measures, regardless of the category of misdemeanor, shall also be regarded as a category 1 offence.
6.3    The occasional or non-repetitive or isolated breaking of measures listed under Conduct Towards the School or Conduct Regarding School Rules, will be regarded as a category 2 offence, and corrective action/punishment will be handled by the principal or teacher or other school official delegated thereto by the principal, within the dictates of the relevant legislation.

7    Disciplinary hearings

7.1    A learner appearing at an SGB disciplinary hearing must be accompanied by his parent or parents, or a person designated by his parent.
7.2    Should the SGB believe that testifying at a disciplinary hearing would expose a witness under 18 years of age to undue mental stress or suffering, it may appoint an intermediary through whom the witness shall give evidence.
7.3    At such disciplinary hearing, the interests of the learner and any other party involved in the disciplinary process must be safeguarded.

7.4    After a hearing which has followed due process and given effect to the above provisions, the SGB may impose any legal and appropriate punishment up to and including recommendation for expulsion.
Amended October 2009